Folk-World-Ethno from Hungary

COMPOSERS: Tradition Hungarian
LABELS: Periferic
PERFORMER: Periferic 2000
CATALOGUE NO: BGCD 052 (distr. +36 1 466 9674; stereoperiferic@mail.datanet.hu)

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PERIFERIC offers a chance to hear traditional and creative Hungarian music which you’ll have to pursue from source – hence the e-mail address in the heading. With more than a dozen bands, strengths include the variety of female voices and an amazing range of violin styles.

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Try ‘Attacca’, which combines both with a stamping beat (one that Bartók fanciers will know) or the fast/slow dance by Duvo. The music is direct in manner and mainly acoustic. Contemporary and electric items will sound rather dated to west Europeans, so treat this as the way into an evidently strong catalogue of old and new folk repertoire.